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FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Announces Resignation

On Tuesday, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, announced that he would be resigning in the next month. Two focus areas during Commissioner Gottlieb’s tenure at the FDA include curbing vaping and making generic drugs more accessible. Dr. Gottlieb says he is stepping down from his role in order to spend more time with his family.

Congress Holds Three More Health Care Hearings

In Congress, health care hearings continued this week as the Senate Committee on Aging hosted a two-part series on prescription drug prices.
Video: Part 1 »  Part 2 »

The House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing titled, “Strengthening health care system: legislation to lower costs and expand access.” Read more/Watch »

The House Ways and Means Committee also held a hearing on lowering drug prices, specifically for Medicare beneficiaries. Watch the hearing »


How Affordable are 2019 ACA Premiums for Middle-Income People?

Kaiser Family Foundation

Kaiser Family Foundation developed an interactive map that illustrates how ACA exchange premiums can be unaffordable for those who don't get a subsidy. Click the chart below to use the interactive map.

KFF Interactive Chart

Chart: Kaiser Family Foundation

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Prescription Drugs—List Price, Net Price, and the Rebate Caught in the Middle

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

The authors provide a thorough examination of the components that impact Medicare Part D drug costs, including a discussion about the proposed rule to eliminate rebates. The article concludes with several suggestions to be considered.

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Ask KFF: Karen Pollitz Answers 3 Questions on Why Insurers Deny Claims

Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF)

Last week, the Kaiser Family Foundation published an analysis of plans on that found that 19 percent of all in-network claims were denied in 2017 on the ACA Marketplace. Check out this interview with Karen Pollitz, senior fellow for health reform and private insurance, who worked on the new “denied claims” analysis.

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Improving Health After Treatment: The U.S. health care system must adapt to the needs of cancer survivors.

Cancer Today

The author reiterates that old models of delivering cancer survivorship care will not sufficiently meet the needs of millions of survivors.

He writes, “Managing the health of cancer survivors may require a new medical subspecialty. Until then, cancer survivors should feel empowered to be their own advocates by proactively discussing their health questions and concerns with their physicians.”

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Coping with the Tidal Wave of Cancer


The author writes, “Recovering from cancer and its aftermath is like grief; always changing, undulating and rippling like a tide.”

We often hear similar references to cancer and grief when speaking to patients about their cancer experience and coping with the aftermath.

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